Costa Rica

Entry allowed but some restrictions may apply. COVID test result is not required.
Quarantine is not required. Find more details on official websites.

Pre-entry clearance formTravelers might be required to fill out the pre-travel clearance form. Fill the form on official website.

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What is the COVID situation in Costa Rica?

+11,369 New COVID cases in Costa Rica
+28 New COVID deaths in Costa Rica
80.4% Fully vaccinated

Data source: Our World In Data / Data updated on May 23, 2022

Data last reviewed on: 14 October 2021

Basic facts about Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a small country located in Central America. The capital of Costa Rica is San José and the most spoken language is Spanish. The national currency in Costa Rica is Costa Rican colón (CRC).

What taxi apps are available in Costa Rica?

If you are not a local, you may have difficulty making the best use of public transportation. Using a taxi app such as Uber or Bolt is unquestionably a better method to go about cities without getting into too much touch with strangers. There may be also other local taxi apps available in Costa Rica.

You can use Uber in 3 cities: Liberia, San Carlos, San Jose. Bolt is not available in Costa Rica.

See the full list of cities where Uber operate.

Practical information

Costa Rican colón (CRC)Official currency
1 EUR~710.13 CRC
1 USD~671.82 CRC

Check with your bank to determine if there are any costs for international transactions. When you use a foreign ATM, your home bank will typically charge you a fee. While some banks don't charge a fee, some charge a fixed fees for every withdrawal or provide a limited amount of free withdrawals.

When you spend money abroad with your card, you're unlikely to get the interbank exchange rate. This implies that each time you spend in a foreign currency, you may be paying a significant fee. Varying service providers may charge different markups, but they should not exceed 3% of the transaction value on average.

To reduce the transaction costs, you may choose to consider one of the travel cards offered by the following mobile banks:, Revolut, N26 or Monose

Do people speak English in Costa Rica?

The official language of Costa Rica is Spanish. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Spanish. As you go away from the main tourist destinations and into smaller towns and villages, you will notice a decrease in the usage of English, particularly among older generations over 50 years old. This is where knowing a few simple Spanish words may help.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, Costa Rica was ranked 36th out of 100 countries in 2020.

What socket types are used in Costa Rica?

There are 2 common plug types used in Costa Rica:

Type A 120 V, 60 Hz  Type B 120 V, 60 Hz

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

What countries need visa to enter Costa Rica?

Currently, citizens of 97 countries can enter Costa Rica without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

What are visa requirements to enter Costa Rica?

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter Costa Rica.

Data last reviewed on: 14 October 2021

Is it safe in Costa Rica?

The U.S. State Department uses a four-level travel advisory system. The levels show how safe it is to travel throughout the world. The countries with the lowest level (1) are considered safe for visitors, while those with the greatest level (4) should be avoided, at least temporarily.

On April 19, 2022, the risk level for Costa Rica was changed to Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution.

Emergency phones in Costa Rica

911 Police
911 Ambulance
911 Fire police

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